Nix Moon win Firestone Battle of the Bands!


Nix Moon have taken the top prize in our Firestone Battle of the Bands competition! The Dundalk five-piece beat four other acts in Odd Mollies with a rousing set, which has earned them the headline slot on the Firestone Music Station stage at Vantastival as well as an €1,800 voucher for Musicmaker and three days residential recording time at the renowned Grouse Lodge Studios in Co. Westmeath.

Nix Moon are a progressive folk act that dabble with multiple genres, combining complex rhythms, a range of harmonies and genuine lyrics, and draw their influence from rock, jazz, folk and indigenous music.  They have featured at Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and Vantastival over the last three years, while regularly selling out their local venue – IMRO’s 2016 best venue in Leinster, the Spirit Store. Their debut ep, ‘Soul Traffic’, was released last summer and the band won ‘best performers’ at the Busker Fleadh in Dublin in September. You can catch them at Vantastival on Sunday 4th June headlining the Firestone stage at 11.15pm!

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Firestone Battle of the Bands Finalists

The public have cast their votes in our Firestone competition and we are delighted to announce the five finalists are GRAND, Accidents in the Workplace, Makings, Lowlight Gathering and Nix Moon! Well done to all 12 acts that took part in the online phase of the competition – you will be able to see them all perform in the Firestone Music Station at Vantastival this year.

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Firestone Battle of the Bands Competition!

The Firestone Music Tour returns to Vantastival with an exciting Battle of the Bands

We are thrilled to announce the return of the European Firestone Music Tour to Vantastival this year, with an opportunity for unsigned bands to win a coveted prize worth up to €4,000 in a new ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition.  12 up-and-coming Irish acts from within Co. Louth and its bordering county of Monaghan have been shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to take part. An online public vote over the next two weeks will reduce the initial 12 acts to five, who will then participate in a live final at Odd Mollies in Drogheda on May 11th.

The winning band, which will be chosen by an expert judging panel comprising journalist Tony Clayton-Lea and award-winning Today FM sound engineer Gavin Blake, as well as Vantastival and Firestone representatives, will receive a significant prize package including three days of recording at well-known Grouse Lodge Recording Studios in Co. Westmeath – with band accommodation included – and an €1,800 voucher for well known Dublin music store, Musicmaker. They will also be featured as the headline act on the Firestone Music Station stage at Vantastival 2017 and as a Main Stage act at Vantastival in 2018. All 12 bands taking part in the competition will feature on the Firestone Stage at this year’s festival.

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Line-up additions and stages announced!


Andy Smith (ex. Portishead), The Eskies, Fish Go Deep and Blood and Fire Sound System feat. MC Brother Culture have just added to this year’s line up! DJ Andy Smith made his name as Portishead’s international tour DJ and his sampling formed the basis of the band’s unique sound. He is an underground producer of some of the most irresistible hip-hop breaks-based music around and has a strong cult following. Andy will close the woodland stage with a late night set on Saturday 3rd June. The Eskies have been busy bringing their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to venues across Europe over the past couple of years, and return to Vantastival for the first time in 4 years! Dom Blood and Fire Sound System has also been added to the bill featuring original Rasta MC Brother Culture, while producer duo Fish Go Deep from Cork will headline BackwardS, a new late night area in the woods at Beaulieu, where DJs will keep revellers dancing till the very early hours.

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